Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Pudding

March 13th, 2008  | Category: Chocolate, Puddings and Custards

Mahir Vera

Last week, we feasted on a selection of delicious cheeses Mahir and Vera brought back from their trip to Amsterdam. These two generous friends not only shared their cheese but also fed me with incredible side dishes and cocktails. While Mahir was busy preparing us Mojitos, Vera was arranging the side dishes on her grand collection of antique plates – handpicked from flea markets around the world.

Brie with chives, cumin Gouda, Camembert, Parmigiano Reggiano and Oude were some of the cheeses we tasted alongside Vera’s roasted vegetables, tapenade, some other cold cuts and finally the dessert I prepared for the occasion: Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Pudding.

Here are some snaps from dinner:



Most of the plates you see in the photos are from Vera’s recent trip to Antwerp. She strongly recommends the flea markets of Antwerp for antique tableware enthusiasts.

Portakallar ve Tabak

Mojito crime scene:

Mahir Vera

I had my eye on Smitten Kitchen’s Silky Chocolate Pudding recipe for quite a while. It is a very simple chocolate pudding recipe, which turned out silky as promised and full of chocolate flavor. I adapted it slightly for the occasion and replaced a cup of the milk with Dulce de Leche. It added a nice subtle caramel flavor to the pudding.

I prepared the Dulce de Leche following David’s instructions (click here). Next time, I am going to prepare the Mexican version (called cajeta) from scratch. Homesick Texan has a wonderful recipe here and both she and David report that it is much more delicious.

Mahir Vera

Oh, and a strong cup of coffee to finish it all up!

Mahir Vera

Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Pudding

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen’s Silky Chocolate Pudding recipe

Serves 6


  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 + 2/3 cups Dulce de Leche (check out David’s instructions and recipe here)


  1. Combine the cornstarch and sugar in a large heatproof mixing bowl.
  2. Slowly whisk in the milk and place the bowl over gently simmering water and stir occasionally, scraping the bottom and sides.
  3. After the mixture thickens (about 20 minutes) , add 6 ounces of chocolate and continue stirring until the pudding is smooth and thickened (about 5 minutes).
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup of Dulce de Leche.
  5. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into your serving bowls and let cool until the puddings reach room temperature.
  6. Top with a tablespoon of Dulce de Leche and chopped chocolate.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour prior to serving.
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  1. 1 - Rita on March 13th, 2008

    hi, came across ur blog in jaden’s blog…gorgeous pictures. gorgeous antiques…i love em

    so, do u really want an online stalker? any opening for the position? how do i apply? *grin*

  2. 2 - Cenk on March 13th, 2008

    Thank you Rita! And yes, I wish I had one. Auditioning started just now! There are no specific guidelines. Go crazy!

  3. 3 - Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy on March 13th, 2008

    Cenk, very nice – makes me wish I had been invited 🙂 I love the dinner pics.

  4. 4 - helen on March 13th, 2008

    Nice photos and colours, Cenk. Must have been an intimate evening. Some very interesting spoons. What is that in the picture right after the tapenade?

  5. 5 - Judith Faucette on March 13th, 2008

    Çok güzel!


  6. 6 - Cenk on March 13th, 2008

    Sara – Thank you!

    Helen – Thanks! It is a silver ladle, with curving rims, which makes it very easy to pour the sauce.

    Judith – Teşekkürler!

  7. 7 - Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy on March 13th, 2008

    Holy Moly! Dulce de Leche AND Chocolate Pudding together? That sounds so good, I don’t think I could stand it!!!

  8. 8 - David on March 13th, 2008

    I was wondering what to do with that half-jar of dulce de leche I had in my fridge. I’d love to make some of this pudding, but I’d need someone to clean up afterwards. Is that offer still good?

  9. 9 - Peter G on March 13th, 2008

    Great pictures of your dinner party and that pudding looks so good. I like the dulce de leche touch.

  10. 10 - Cenk on March 13th, 2008

    David – Yes! Yes, that offer is still good!! And that freezer of yours needs a thorough clean-up as well!

  11. 11 - Allen on March 14th, 2008

    Such amazing photos – although the pudding looks decadent, my eyes focused on the mojitos and cheeses 🙂

  12. 12 - amanda on March 14th, 2008

    that party looked like a good time! Between the mojitos and the pudding and brie, I am itching out host my own dinner party now.

  13. 13 - MariannaF on March 14th, 2008

    Gorgeous photos and writing as usual, and ultra delicious looking pudding! Cant believe you did the dulce de leche from scratch!!!

  14. 14 - joey on March 14th, 2008

    What a lovely dinner party! Well, mojito and cheese party…which is even better 😉 I love the way you photos captured the vibe…and your friend’s gorgeous plates!

    Of course, the pudding sounds and looks divine!

  15. 15 - kate on March 14th, 2008

    that is some really neat looking crockery. Seems like you had a wonderful evening. Love the soft light in all your pictures.

  16. 16 - Nicisme on March 14th, 2008

    I am so going to be making this pud! (After I have prised my tongue off the screen).
    The cheeses look delcious too.

  17. 17 - Hillary on March 14th, 2008

    Jeez, I think this post was food porn. That looks fantastic! And dessert, oh man…

  18. 18 - Playing Around With Cajeta - with a tour of my favorite blogs « food vagabond on March 17th, 2008

    […] with cacao instead of chocolate as well, just substitute 1/2 cups of cacao. Later, when I saw Cenk’s rendition of this, I banged my head on the walls. Why hadn’t I thought about putting the cajeta into […]

  19. 19 - Cynthia on March 18th, 2008

    There’s nothing like fine food, drink and the comfort and laughter of friends. Sounds like you all had a great time.

  20. 20 - We Are Never Full on March 23rd, 2008

    What a beautiful blog – and lovely pictures. Glad to have found it. This recipe looks DIVINE. Chocolate is a very weak spot of mine. Maybe after my post-Easter pig out occurs, I’ll go to the gym a bit and then make this!

    amy @ http://www.weareneverfull.com

  21. 21 - Zara Miravent on March 23rd, 2008

    Hello, I just found your delicious blog! And as soon as I finish all I already baked for Easter will start with this Dulce de Leche and chocolate pudding recipe – two of my favorites!

  22. 22 - Mansi on March 27th, 2008

    I’ve had my eyes too on SK’s Silken pudding! looks like you enjoyed the two delights a lot Cenk!:)

  23. 23 - zoe on January 24th, 2010

    This is exactly what I was looking for for my dinner party tomorrow night. Thank you!!

  24. 24 - Ferda... on August 7th, 2011

    Cenk, I made this recipe today and it is AMAZING!! Perfect combination; chocolate and caramel.. It seems like will be my favorite dessert for a while… Thanks for the recipe… I am so happy that I gave it a try 🙂

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